We have seen architects making use of shipping containers to build everything from new homes to eco friendly hotels for eco tourists. Israeli practice Yoav Messer Architects are now taking shipping container architecture a step forward with a new plan to build an entire bridge using recycled shipping containers. The project, dubbed ECOntainer Bridge, will be built in Ariel Sharon Park, a nature reserve in Israel.
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The square shape of a shipping container is ideally suited for it to be stuffed with large amounts of cargo and also betters their reuse as an eco friendly home. However, when doing the job they were actually built for, the square edges don’t really benefit truck operators as they simply aren’t aerodynamic and wind resistance doesn’t want to let something square slice through air easily.
There is no dearth of possible ways one can reuse a shipping container. The robust structure of the shipping container makes it an ideal contender for use in buildings and green homes. King County Parks has found yet another use of shipping containers by building a new, comfortable and above all, environmentally friendly camping structure that is made using a standard 24-foot-long used cargo container.
Architects and designers have been playing around with the idea of reusing discarded shipping containers to produce everything from homes to hotels and with dwindling resources, this trend is only expected to reach new highs. Designer Alexander Zhulin along with a team of similarly thinking architects and designers have taken up the opportunity to develop a sustainable and mobile restaurant from the same raw material, which can be installed or opened in any part of the world.
With rising concerns about the environment and the ever increasing cost of building materials have made architects figure out alternative ways and materials of constructing building, while ensuring that the construction process is completed as early as possible. To solve the problems associated with conventional architecture, architects have often converted shipping containers into living spaces in the recent times. Carrying on the trend and helping make a shipping container home more accessible, a unique Bed and Breakfast in Majorca, Spain offers its guests to stay in a modern apartment made using a series of shipping containers.
The LaunchPad is a self sufficient prototype computer lab created by Perkins+Will along with Infinite Family to allow people in Africa communicate with their mentors via face-to-face interaction. The high-tech lab is made inside a repurposed 40-feet shipping container that comes with a plethora of eco friendly credentials.
In an effort to provide soldiers serving in Afghanistan, US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) has developed portable and mobile labs that are made inside standard 20-foot shipping containers. These labs, each costing about $2.8 million, could help engineers manufacture parts and equipment on-site without having to wait for the imports.
While there is no dearth of architectural firms planning to build the biggest hotels in different parts of the world, the Snoozebox is doing just the opposite. With micro hotels and micro homes trend catching up fast, we’ve been on the hunt for architectural marvels at a distinctly small scale. Recently we reported about the Hypercubus micro hotel rooms and today we have the Snoozebox – a portable hotel made using shipping containers that can be set up in any part of the world in just two days.
The perception that most people have of a luxury five-star hotel is of pretty buildings with large rooms and amenities that you won’t normally find in your home. A Beijing based design firm is about to change the perception by building a luxury hotel that is made entirely of recycled shipping containers. The reason for the choice of materials is obvious as 3.2 million shipping containers are imported into China each year and once they degrade they are made to enter junkyards to gather rust.
Homelessness is a global problem and we have millions of people living worldwide in make-shift shelters made using different types of materials including sheets of plastic or wood or even straw. However, as you might expect these shelters are no long term solutions and can be devastated even with the slightest of wind or rain. London-based Forest YMCA has come up with a concept whereby they are making homes using recycled shipping containers to provide temporary accommodation to young homeless people.